Following important steps taken by Western Balkan countries to modernize school curricula, the main aim of the project is to improve the quality of teacher education in the region, emphasizing inclusiveness and democratic competences. EWC and partners will encourage regional partnerships through a network of initial and in-service teacher training institutions from each country, developing and delivering innovative teacher training modules for citizenship and human rights, reflecting a practice-oriented teacher education approach.
Petrit Tahiri, from the Kosovo Education Center, considers the project in light of other initiatives in the region. “The added value of this project is its sustainability” he says, “and by supporting teacher education, the lasting impact will be on the future children of Kosovo*”. Representing another partner institution is Ivanka Mijikj, from the Bureau for Development of Education in North Macedonia, who sees the whole-school approach as a defining feature of achieving a more democratic school culture. “I believe that if we establish a culture of democracy and human rights in the classrooms, the students will carry this with them in all aspects of their lives”. The network of teacher training institutions will also serve as a platform for exchange of experiences, strengthening the regional cooperation.